Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring
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Nick Kyrgios clearly enjoyed Andy Murray’s first ever attempt of an underarm serve during his second-round clash at Indian Wells against Carlos Alcaraz. The Australian tennis star, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, has regularly used the contentious underarm serve against opponent, drawing mixed reactions from opponents and crowds.
Since Kyrgios started using it regularly, other players have begun to trial it on tour, particularly on slow courts.
Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are advocates of the tactic in the right circumstance, but neither have seemingly tried it on tour.
Roger Federer has also spoken out on the underarm serve, siding with Kyrgios when the 26-year-old tried it against Nadal at Acapulco in 2019.
But Murray caught everyone off guard when facing Spanish sensation Alcaraz on Sunday when he chose to give it a try.
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The former British No 1 had just lost the first set and was battling to hold his serve at 1-1 in the second.
Alcaraz missed an opportunity with two break points before Murray clawed his way back.
And the 34-year-old held serve with an audacious underarm serve which drew some boos from the Indian Wells crowd.
The clip soon went viral on social media with Alcaraz clearly stunned at Murray’s choice of serve.
Kyrgios caught wind of what Murray had done and was similarly shocked at Murray.
Posting a clip of Murray’s underarm serve on his Instagram story, Kyrgios wrote: “No way @andymurray.”
Murray was asked about his choice of serve after beating Alcaraz, insisting the court conditions played a part in his decision.
“Yeah, well, he started standing further back to return the first serve. And I mean the courts are painfully slow here,” he told Eurosport.
“I wasn’t getting many free points on my first serve. I served three aces the whole match and one of them was the underarm serve so…
“I was thinking about using it again in the third set, but didn’t.
“But yeah, first time I’ve ever done it in a match and got the ace. So maybe I’ll try it again in future if guys are standing that far back.”
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